• Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Summer is around the corner and, although it may not look like it outside, you might soon want to walk on the beach with your shirt off and not have Greenpeace try to roll you back into the surf. That’s why CG is running a full set of fitness features — round-ups, advice, and great tech tips — to help you prepare for warmer weather. Let’s face it. The CG crew consists of… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007: The End

    And so it goes… SkypeWillMakeYaJump was the final secret subject line and it didn’t appear in an image — but did appear in a movie, a semantic difference that may create a firestorm of controversy that will last through the ages. And the final winner is: Kitty! Special thanks to Skype and SMC for their great products and look for more contests from your friends at CG this year. Read More

  • Atree UJ10 Portable Media Player: Yet Another Quality Korea-Only Toy

    Atree UJ10 Portable Media Player: Yet Another Quality Korea-Only Toy

    Over in the mythical land of Korea, Atree’s got a rather suave-looking portable media player—the UJ10—that lets its design do the talking. That’s because the feature set is fairly basic: it plays the big audio formats like MP3; MPEG-4 and WMV9 videos; JPEGs and other picture formats; FM radio and DMB-TV. That last one means that it’s Korea-only. Boo. The… Read More

  • Samsung (?) Concept PCs: The Future of Computers Looks Lame

    Samsung (?) Concept PCs: The Future of Computers Looks Lame

    Allegedly these PC conceptualizations are from Samsung, though I have my doubts—if they’re not, then someone else deserves credit for the least attractive concepts I’ve seen in a while. Shame, too, since we had so many decent ones lately. No specs, details or anything else one might consider “information,” but I can say that the one right after this here jump is… Read More

  • Final Cut Studio 2 Unveiled

    Final Cut Studio 2 Unveiled

    Video professionals rejoiced — rejoiced, we tell you — on Sunday as Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2. Due out in May, this behemoth of a package comes with all the necessary tools to, ah, you know, create a movie. Improvements include Apple’s new ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD, Motion 3 with a new UI, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3 for batch encoding, DVD Studio Pro… Read More

  • Coghead Announces 17,000 Developers Building Applications Visually

    Coghead Announces 17,000 Developers Building Applications Visually

    Silicon Valley based Coghead is making a bit of a splash today at the Web 2.0 Expo. They’re officially launching, although it’s largely ceremonial: they’ve been open to the public since October 2006. I wrote in detail about Coghead last year. The company competes in the “online access” space (a reference to Microsoft Access). We’ve written about Coghead… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Disaster Exploitation Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Disaster Exploitation Edition

    Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck
    Lego’s Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation
    iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)
    Lacoste Gets Jiggy With The Second Life Crowd
    History of Spy-Cam Watches Read More

  • Desktop Tower Defense Should Be Banned

    Desktop Tower Defense illustrates that you don’t need fancy graphics or big budgets to build highly addictive online games. In Desktop Tower Defence, all of the main graphics are hand drawn. I first discovered this on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog, where he warned “The lack of posting here in the second half of this week (especially to my linkblog) has been a direct result of… Read More

  • CrunchGear at NAB 2007

    CrunchGear at NAB 2007

    We’re in the pit known as Vegas for a couple days to bring you some goodies live from the floor of NAB, the National Association of Broadcaster’s convention, and Carrot Top is in town. Awesome. :( We’ll bring you stuff from Red, Apple, Sony, and anyone else who catches our eye. Feel free to comment with any requests if there’s something special you’d like to see… Read More

  • Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into A 3D Image

    Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into A 3D Image

    Fotowoosh, a new service from Maryland-based startup Freewebs, will turn any image (preferably an outdoor image) into a 3D model. They went live on Friday. Examples of what the service can do are above (along with the original 2D images. A video is here which shows more examples. The 3D image is constructed in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format, meaning you currently need a… Read More

  • Conduit Toolbar Product Enhancement

    Conduit (Disclosure: They are a current TechCrunch sponsor), which has created a white label browser toolbar, released a new product tonight called myConduit. I’m writing about it because it’s a good solution to the problem of toolbar overload. Instead of having each toolbar you’ve downloaded appear in the browser window, which takes up a lot of screen realestate, Conduit… Read More

  • CrunchTheft: Selling Links to CrunchGear on eBay is No Good

    CrunchTheft: Selling Links to CrunchGear on eBay is No Good

    One weekly feature we have here on CrunchGear is our Help-Keys. Every Monday, we show you, the reader, how to do something you might not have known that you could do. It’s a free service, because we like you. Not long ago, I wrote a Help-Key on how to fix an iPod that won’t boot. There are dozens and dozens of comments on the post from people who’ve tried my fix and found… Read More

  • Can LeapTag Capture The Magic Of StumbleUpon?

    San Jose based LeapTag is part bookmarking (like del.icio.us) and part discovery (like StumbleUpon). It’s a good way to keep track of websites that you like using tags, and it’s also useful for serendipitous discovery of new sites you might like, based on the things you’ve already bookmarked. Usage occurs through the browser via an IE or Firefox plugin There’s a… Read More

  • Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck

    Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck

    The Titanic was the one-time largest boat in the world, and is now a metaphor for things going wrong despite all the odds. You’ll want to keep that in mind when you purchase one of these luxury watches from Romain Jerome, as they’re made partially out of parts salvaged from the sunken oceanliner. Sure, there’s the novelty of having part of one of the most romantically… Read More

  • New Leopard Screenshots Leaked

    New Leopard Screenshots Leaked

    Pssst, Mac Fanboy, do you want to see the latest screenshots of Leopard? Yah, you do. Hit the link to see the new grouped Spotlight, a real advancement, and the lack of the “brushed metal” look we’ve all gotten used to. It’s pretty. Screenshots [tomwrote, via Mac Rumors] Read More

  • Prime Time: Transformers Movie Merch Preview

    Prime Time: Transformers Movie Merch Preview

    We’re still a couple of months out from the premiere of what will perhaps be the most gadgetastic movie of all time: Transformers. And while we’re covering the events up till it hits the screens, it’s the movie-themed marketing gear that’s intersting to CrunchGear readers. Like this Optimus Prime Head Projection Alarm Clock. It’s Op’s head with a… Read More

  • Scienticians Debate Creating New Internet, Shutting Down Current Internet

    Scienticians Debate Creating New Internet, Shutting Down Current Internet

    The privatization and monetization of the Internet is arguably the most important and world-changing development in business, human relations, and pop culture of the last 20 years. It was good while it lasted. Researchers from a cadre of Universities are toying with the idea of destroying the current Internet and re-deploying a newer, shinier, faster, more secure and robust Internet. The… Read More

  • New Mac Ad: Porky PCs, Thin Mint Macs

    New Mac Ad: Porky PCs, Thin Mint Macs


    Another day, another Mac ad. Here, John Hodgman, the PC character, is the morbidly obese embodiment of the trial software OEM manufactures such as Dell and HP ship with their PCs. However, Justin Long, the Mac character, remains thin and crapware free. Apple is rather cheeky with this advertisement insinuating that every Windows machine on the market comes with preloaded trial software… Read More

  • New Blog At GigaOm, Focusing on Growing A Startup

    New Blog At GigaOm, Focusing on Growing A Startup

    Found+Read, GigaOm’s newest blog, will be a must-subscribe to resource for many web entrepreneurs. It is edited by Carleen Hawn and will have on guest entrepreneurs and other experts come on and share their experiences in building companies. Malik says he is starting this becasue he’s gone through growing pains building his own business over the last year, and realized that most of… Read More

  • Leopard Gets Its Spots in October

    Leopard Gets Its Spots in October

    Mac users have been waiting on Leopard for several decades, if you’ll forgive my hyperbole, and they’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Originally, Leopard (OS X 10.5) was slated to hit the shelves and Macs this Summer. The iPhone, however, has gummed the works. According to an email sent to key developers and vendors: iPhone has already passed several of its required… Read More